The Civil Rights Papers of Cody Fowler and Steven Lawson

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The Civil Rights Papers of Cody Fowler and Steven Lawson

Material Information

Title:
The Civil Rights Papers of Cody Fowler and Steven Lawson
Creator:
Fowler, Cody
Lawson, Steven F, 1945-
Progress Village, Inc
Language:
English
Physical Description:
2.29 : (6 boxes) ;

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
African Americans ( lcsh )
African Americans -- History -- Florida -- Tampa ( lcsh )
History -- Tampa (Fla.) ( lcsh )

Notes

Scope and Content:
Steven F. Lawson was professor of History at the University of South Florida from 1972-92 and served as department chair from 1983-86. Lawson is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey, where he taught from 1998-2009. He compiled this material in his research on the civil rights movement and race relations in Tampa during the 1960s. The results of his research were published in "From Sit-in to Race Riot: Businessmen, Blacks, and the Pursuit of Moderation in Tampa, 1960-1967," in [u]Southern Businessmen and Desegregation[/u], Elizabeth Jacoway and David Colburn, eds., Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1982, 257-81. It appears that after their donations, the papers of Lawson and Fowler, which are closely related in subject, merged into this single collection. Years later, rather than attempt to extricate one collection from the other so long after the fact, Dr. Lawson and archivist Andrew Huse agreed to change the collection's name and amend its documentation. This collection is divided into the following seven series: General; City of Tampa Bi-Racial Committee; Commission of Community Relations; Employment; Lane Bryant Annual Awards; Race Issues; Reports/Programs. The employment series deals specifically with problems that African Americans were facing in the 1960s and early 1970s. Many of the documents in this collection provide insight into Fowler's role in Tampa's desegregation. A large portion of the documents are correspondences between committee members of the Bi-Racial Committee, the Commission of Community Relations, and community officials. The collection also contains a large number of reports on African Americans, their lack of employment opportunities, and educational concerns.
Preferred Citation:
Cody Fowler Papers, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
Biographical:
Cody Fowler (1892-1978) was a prestigious white lawyer who fought for African American civil rights. Cody Fowler and Morris White founded the Tampa Fowler White Boggs P.A. in 1943. Through his position as chairman of the city's Bi-racial Committee (1959-1964) and further work with the City of Tampa's Commission on Community Relations, Fowler assisted in devising plans with the Tampa NAACP to desegregate lunch counters and do away with segregation barriers in public facilities. He was well-regarded by the black community after he represented a falsely accused black woman in a traffic accident with a white doctor. He also served on the first board of Progress Village; a community that offered blacks decent, affordable housing. Cody Fowler also served as President of the American Bar Association. His efforts played a vital role in non-violent racial integration in Tampa during and prior to the Civil Rights Movement.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright. Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at http://www.copyright.gov/ for more information.
Resource Identifier:
F26 ( USFLDC CID )
u29.039-f26-ead ( USFLDC Handle )

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LIB122
Tampa, FL, 33620-5400
URL: http://www.lib.usf.edu/
Email: rbernard@usf.edu
Phone: 813-974-1622
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Guide to the The Civil Rights Papers of Cody Fowler and Steven Lawson
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Phone: 813-974-1622
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Cody Fowler (1892-1978) was a prestigious white lawyer who fought for African American civil rights. Cody Fowler and Morris White founded the Tampa Fowler White Boggs P.A. in 1943. Through his position as chairman of the city's Bi-racial Committee (1959-1964) and further work with the City of Tampa's Commission on Community Relations, Fowler assisted in devising plans with the Tampa NAACP to desegregate lunch counters and do away with segregation barriers in public facilities. He was well-regarded by the black community after he represented a falsely accused black woman in a traffic accident with a white doctor. He also served on the first board of Progress Village; a community that offered blacks decent, affordable housing. Cody Fowler also served as President of the American Bar Association. His efforts played a vital role in non-violent racial integration in Tampa during and prior to the Civil Rights Movement.
Administrative History 545$b Administrative History:
Born in Arlington, Tennessee, Cody Fowler arrived in Tampa in 1924 as a young lawyer eager to make a difference. Though work initially brought him to the city, his family also provided an incentive. His mother, Maud Fowler, was heavily involved in the development of Temple Terrace, serving as the city's mayor in 1926. Cody Fowler drafted the city's charter, served as its first attorney, and also served a term as mayor in 1928 -- his only elected office. Fowler made a name for himself early in his career when he defended African Americans in Tampa's courts -- something few other white lawyers were willing to do Fowler worked in a number of law firms throughout the 1920s and 30s before joining with Morris White to form the Fowler and White firm. He rose through the ranks of leadership within local and regional bar associations, and in 1950 he was elected president of the American Bar Association in 1950 -- the first Tampa lawyer to attain that position. The following year, Tampa's Civitan Club named him as their Citizen of the Year, which is among the most prestigious honors awarded in Tampa. During the 1950s, Fowler was instrumental in eliminating the graft, corruption, and organized crime influence that had permeated Tampa's political system for generations. In 1959, Fowler was appointed chairman of both Florida's and Tampa's Bi-Racial Commissions. His calm approach to problems and his belief that integration was necessary for of society to move forward, not to mention the potential economic benefits for the city, drove him to help solve the city's and state's race problems. His leadership, along with African American leaders such as A. Leon Lowry, helped guide the peaceful integration of Tampa's lunch counters in 1960. In a speech he gave to the Tampa Rotary in July 1963, Fowler explained the "economic upgrading" of Tampa's blacks was at the core of the solution. That upgrading would have to take the form of broader hiring practices among Tampa's businesses, a cause taken up by the Bi-Racial committee. Fowler died at the age of 85, and at the time was still senior partner of the law firm he co-founded thirty-five years earlier. Newspapers across the state celebrated the life of the genteel southerner who did not hesitate to speak out against what he felt were unfair and illegal laws and traditions that plagued both the country and his adopted home.
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Access Terms
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Geographic Name:
geogname 651 lcsh subject Tampa (Fla.) -- History
Topical Term:
650 African Americans
African Americans -- Florida -- Tampa -- History
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Administrative Information
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Acquisition Information:
Received in conjunction with the Progress Village records.
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Processing Information:
Complete
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Conditions Governing Access:
None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright. Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at http://www.copyright.gov/ for more information.
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Preferred Citation:
Cody Fowler Papers, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
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Related Materials:
Progress Village records, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
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Arrangement of Materials:
Series
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Scope and Contents
Steven F. Lawson was professor of History at the University of South Florida from 1972-92 and served as department chair from 1983-86. Lawson is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey, where he taught from 1998-2009. He compiled this material in his research on the civil rights movement and race relations in Tampa during the 1960s. The results of his research were published in "From Sit-in to Race Riot: Businessmen, Blacks, and the Pursuit of Moderation in Tampa, 1960-1967," in emph render underline Southern Businessmen and Desegregation, Elizabeth Jacoway and David Colburn, eds., Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1982, 257-81. It appears that after their donations, the papers of Lawson and Fowler, which are closely related in subject, merged into this single collection. Years later, rather than attempt to extricate one collection from the other so long after the fact, Dr. Lawson and archivist Andrew Huse agreed to change the collection's name and amend its documentation.
This collection is divided into the following seven series: General; City of Tampa Bi-Racial Committee; Commission of Community Relations; Employment; Lane Bryant Annual Awards; Race Issues; Reports/Programs. The employment series deals specifically with problems that African Americans were facing in the 1960s and early 1970s. Many of the documents in this collection provide insight into Fowler's role in Tampa's desegregation. A large portion of the documents are correspondences between committee members of the Bi-Racial Committee, the Commission of Community Relations, and community officials. The collection also contains a large number of reports on African Americans, their lack of employment opportunities, and educational concerns.
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Correspondence
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Photographs
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Miscellaneous Documents
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Personal letters and photos
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Memoirs
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Temple Terrace Newspaper Clippings
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Progress Village Newspaper Clippings
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Misc. clippings
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City of Tampa Bi-Racial Committee
1963-1966
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City of Tampa Bi-Racial Committee
1966
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Industry/Poverty Program
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Miscellaneous
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Speech Material
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Administrators
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Correspondence (Parts 1 and 2)
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Dr. Lowry's Report
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Employment
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Employment Qualification Workshop
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Fundraiser -- William H. Donner Foundation Inc.
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Hammond, James A.
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Meetings, Notices, and Agenda
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id81660
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Membership Lists and Appointments to Committee
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Minutes
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Miscellaneous
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Model City and Poverty/Industry Program
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News Clippings
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Proposal
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Proposal -- Youth Board
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Race Relations
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Reports, Policies, etc.
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Young Adult Council
id81670
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11
Young Adult Council Project
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City Youth Patron
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id81672
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Equal Job Opportunities Committee 1962-63 (Parts 1and 2)
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Job Entry and Upgrading Training Project Proposal
id81674
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Merchants Association of Greater Tampa
id81675
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Report
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5
Lane Bryant Annual Awards (Parts 1-3)
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Newspaper Clippings
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Desegregation Reports
1960
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Miscellaneous Printed Materials (Part 1)
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Miscellaneous Printed Materials (Part 2)
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Newspaper Clippings (Parts 1 and 2)
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School
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Race Relations Newspaper Clippings
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id81683
6
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Civil Rights and Racial Unrest (American Bar Association)
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Commission on Race Relations -- Report
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id81685
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Florida Sheriff
1960
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Office of Community Relations -- Annual Reports
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Suitable Home Law -- Preliminary Report
1960
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Progress in Civil Rights and Related Social Programs
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Proposed Programs for Florida
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Race Manuals and Reports
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Race Relations Reports
1960
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Scrapbook: Fowler family
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Scrapbook: Progress Village
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